Green chums
Home Depot to carry plants used by Gwinnett Village

NORCROSS - Now, Home Depot customers' yards can match the trees and flowers on several Gwinnett County interchanges.

The Gwinnett Village Community Alliance is partnering with the store to sell its plant palette to local residents who want to beautify their lawns with drought-resistant plants that can help brand the area.

"We've gotten so much great feedback about the landscaping," Alliance director Sally Haggard said of the interchange project. "Everyone's excited to beautify this area, especially."

The Gwinnett Village Community Improvement District is spending $810,000 to landscape interchanges at Jimmy Carter Boulevard and Beaver Ruin and Indian Trail roads. CID director Chuck Warbington has said the landscaping is one indication of the changes that are happening in the Village, which include a reduction in violent crime.

Haggard said she got the idea to make the plants available to residents after a much ballyhooed groundbreaking earlier this year. Home Depot will have workshops at four local stores beginning Nov. 3 for residents who want information on how to plant and care for the plants.

"I expect they'll be everywhere," Haggard said. "It's going to look so good."

Andrew Waller, Home Depot's district manager, said it's too soon to tell how customers will react to the partnership.

"We'll certainly be ready to support the extra buzz," he said. "It truly is a win-win-win situation."

Amanda Brown-Olmstead, a spokeswoman for the CID, said she expects the project to eventually vie for awards through organizations such as Keep America Beautiful. Waller said he plans to support it for a number of years.

"We're in this for the long haul," he said. "This truly is a partnership, indefinitely."

The initiative is known as Village Green. On average, a 10-by-5-foot planting should cost about $261, including mulch and the plants themselves.

Plants can be purchased at the Home Depot stores at 3755 Shackleford Parkway in Duluth, 5950 State Bridge Road in Duluth, 4028 Lawrenceville Highway in Lilburn and 4136 Jimmy Carter Blvd. in Norcross.